ERIC GATES



Full Name: Eric Lazenby Gates

Dob: 28-06-1955

Pob: Ferryhill, Co. Durham, GB

Position: Midfielder

Era: Professional

Club Appearance Record

SeasonTot AppsTot Goals
1971-72 0 0
1972-73 0 0
1973-74 0(7) 0
1974-75 0(8) 0
1975-76 8(9) 2
1976-77 6(8) 2
1977-78 33(1) 5
1978-79 24(3) 9
1979-80 41(3) 13
1980-81 60 14
1981-82 50 15
1982-83 28 4
1983-84 42 16
1984-85 53 16
TOTALS 345(39) 96

Career Appearance Record

ClubDate SignedDate LeftFee
Ipswich Town July 1971 August 1985 Youth Team
Sunderland August 1985 June 1990 £150,000
Carlisle United June 1990 June 1991 -

(4) Comments

  • Is this the same Eric Gates who was manager / coach of Timor Leste?

  • Had trials at Middlesboro before joining Ipswich where his older brother forged a career. Town had competition for his signature from Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

    Latterly Hartlepool assistant manager under Viv Busby.

  • We were Ipswich fans living in Dorset and went to a agme at the Dell in the early 1980s (town were 3-1 up at half time but lost 3-4 in the end). But a goal from John Wark after only 7 seconds was a great start. Anyway we went to the game but did not realise it was all ticket. My mum approached Eric, who was standing outside the players` entrance, and she explained our dilemma. He kindly disappeared, re-ermeging with a complimentary ticket. There were three of us (myself plus girlfriend), and my mum started chatting to Bobby Robson, also near the players` entrance, and he kindly gave her the other two we needed. Any chance of passing this on to Eric?

  • Andy Pearson Sunday 15-01-2006

    One of the nicest people I have ever met. When I was a young lad playing football in a park near Ipswich back in the 70 , Eric was walking passed and joined in for 10 15 minutes Made my day and I have never forgotten it and wish him all the best.

Contract Info

  • Eric Gates joined Ipswich Town in July 1971 as an Apprentice.

    He signed a Professional Contract with Ipswich Town in October 1972 - The Professional Contract Period Is Unknown.

    He joined Sunderland from Ipswich Town in August 1985 - For A Fee Of £150,000 + The Contract, Period Is Unknown.

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